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Announcement of Jay Horton as the Director of Nursing Quality at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Wednesday, April 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Briggs
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We are delighted to share the appointment of Jay R. Horton, PhD, ACHPN, FNP-BC as the Director of Nursing Quality at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Horton also holds a faculty position as a Clinical Instructor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. In this role, Dr. Horton, in collaboration with  nursing and other departments, will establish plans and strategies to improve organizational effectiveness in quality and safety with the implementation of an integrated performance improvement system. 


Beginning in 1992, prior to starting a nursing career, Dr. Horton held progressive research positions in the University of Iowa’s Department of Microbiology and Program in Bioethics and Humanities. He then attended Yale University where he completed an MPH in Health Policy and Administration and an MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Horton subsequently completed fellowship training in Pain and Palliative Care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, before working as a nurse practitioner in the Division of Pain Medicine at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center. In 2005, Dr. Horton was recruited to The Mount Sinai Hospital as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and he was promoted to Clinical  Program Manager in 2009. In further recognition of his expertise, leadership and collaborative style he was promoted to the Director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service in 2012 and was most recently promoted to Clinical Program Manager for Palliative Nursing and Quality Improvement before his appointment to Director of Nursing Quality for The Mount Sinai Hospital in January 2017.


Dr. Horton received a PhD in 2014 from New York University in Nursing Research and has assumed faculty positions at several academic centers including Columbia University School of Nursing. A consummate educator, he has co-developed and implemented palliative care curricula during his clinical tenure. He has national certification as both an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. His commitment to academic excellence and care of patients requiring palliative care has been recognized with more than fifteen formal recognitions for excellence.


Dr. Horton has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and received funding as a principal investigator and co-investigator for symptom management and palliative care studies. These studies have provided patients with access to improved quality of life and symptom management while providing our nurses and interdisciplinary team members with exposure to this important research.


He is nationally recognized for this work and continues to present locally, nationally, and internationally at numerous clinical, education and research conferences. During his career, he has continued to serve on local, and national committees, work groups and task forces including but not limited to member of the Board of Trustees, Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State, Co-Chair, Palliative Care Advisory Committee, Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State, and State Public Policy Ambassador from New York, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

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